Tommore Burn Project

Following the decision by the Spey Fishery Board stocking sub committee that targeted stocking should continue for the next five years it was decided that some of these fish would have their adipose fin removed to facilitate identification, if caught, and that they should be planted in the Tommore burn.

With the lack of resources available it was decided at the meeting held on 28th August that the Ghillies were to be asked if they would be able to assist in the removal of this fin. There was an overwhelming response and there were 26 volunteers who along with their employers, and others, were keen to help and assist with the project planned to be carried out at Sandbank Hatchery on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th September.

Over the two days Ghillies, Spey Fishery Board members and also some local Riparian owners, who were keen to see the beginnings of this project, lent a helping hand.

Hatchery setup for fin clipping

Hatchery setup for fin clipping

Some of the 0+ hatchery parr under anaesthetic ready for clipping

Some of the 0+ hatchery parr under anaesthetic ready for clipping

Credit must go to the Hatchery manager, Jimmy Woods, who produced fry in excellent condition thus assuring them of the best possible start to their long and hazardous journey ahead to the feeding grounds in the far North Atlantic.

Steve Brand, Ballindalloch head ghillie fin clipping

Steve Brand, Ballindalloch head ghillie, and coordinator of the fin clipping exercise.

Fin clipping in style - Lady Claire Macpherson, Ballindalloch Castle

Fin clipping in style – Lady Claire Macpherson, Ballindalloch Castle

The hatchery produced 214, 500 fed fry of which 40,000 had their adipose fin clipped. The fin clipped fry were released into the Tommore burn with the rest being stocked in 7 other burns, which also showed good prospects from the juvenile survey of the areas stocked in 2012.

Edward Mountain, Delfur Fishings (just as well the hatchery was moved to this side of the river)  and Sandy Smith, Phones ghillie, hard at work.

Sir Edward Mountain, Delfur Fishings (just as well the hatchery was relocated to this side of the river!) and Sandy Smith, Phones ghillie, hard at work.

Bagging up the clipped fry ready for planting out in the Tommore Burn

Bagging up the clipped fry ready for planting out in the Tommore Burn

We managed to fin clip over 40,000 fed fry over the two days which were released into the Tommore burn in small batches from top to bottom.This years’ juvenile survey confirmed that the Tommore burn had a good supply of food and could sustain a good supply of salmon parr https://www.speyfisheryboard.com/stocking-monitoring-2013.

 

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  1. Melville McDonald at 11:35 am

    Good to see the ghillies and some of the river proprietors getting involved. If you had asked the RSAA and/or SAIA to get involved I’m sure you could have fin clipped a lot more. Both organisations have representation on the Spey Fishery Board but are always the last to hear about these initiatives !

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